Fracking is "perverse" and "a complete distraction" said Caroline Lucas.
The Green Party MP wanted the Government to recognise Balcombe, where large anti-fracking protests have been taking place since the weekend, is "on the front line of climate change".
The MP was speaking the day after she was arrested for protesting at the Balcombe site, along with her son.
Green MP Caroline Lucas was among those arrested at a sit-in aimed at halting plans to drill for shale gas in a West Sussex village.
As campaigners in Balcombe begin a five-day camp in protest at fracking, supporter Tisha Brown tells ITV News why it's such a crucial issue.
The chief executive of Cuadrilla Resources, Francis Egan, told ITV News the company "will complete our approved work" at its Balcombe site.